Hyundai officially launched its all-new 2021 Elantra and Elantra Hybrid at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood with a special event that was broadcast around the world. This marks the world debut of the latest version of the popular compact sedan. The all-new Elantra is a compact sedan that the next generation wants to drive. It is for customers that are pragmatic and sensible yet disruptive and always questioning traditions.
To transform the 2021 Elantra into its new four-door-coupe look, Hyundai engineers and designers had to make it longer, lower, and wider compared to the sixth-generation model.
The 2021 Elantra gains 2.2 inches in overall length and 0.8 inches in its wheelbase, and the overall width is increased one inch. The overall height also dropped 0.8 inches, and the front cowl point was moved back almost two inches. These minor changes dramatically changed the shape of the car but had a limited impact on cabin space. In fact, most key interior dimensions increased.
Upfront the new Elantra comes with a parametric-jewel-pattern grille with turn-signal integration. A wide, cascading grille that creates an integrated architecture with the headlamp, bold fascia shape that creates a strong front graphic and well-refined gem-like shapes that create harmony with the bodyside surfaces.
Over on the profile, you get a bold edge that runs constantly from the front to the rear and a choice of 15-, 16-, and 17-inch-wheel designs match the Parametric Dynamics theme.
Out on the back, the Elantra gets a wide, horizontal line extends across the center of the trunk, stretching to the edges of the car. There is a High-tech “H-Tail Lamp” that creates a Hyundai flying H logo-like shape.
The rear glass has a black deck accent to enhance the coupe-like look and also gets a wing-type lower bumper treatment.
The 2021 Elantra’s interior layout envelops the driver like an airplane cockpit. Low, wide structures go from the door all the way to the center console. The low, wide structure also provides ample interior room. A large interface consisting of two harmoniously connected 10.25-inch displays enhances the futuristic feeling of the car. The angled touchscreen is easy for the driver to see and control.
Apart from this, the Elantra gets a unique cornering grab handle for the passenger, a high center console that completes the driver-oriented layout. The door center trim is long and low like a coupe, there are sporty low-placed inside handles and a two-toned melange emphasizes the driver-focused layout on the door.
The Elantra SE, SEL, and Limited offer the 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine that also has a focus on fuel economy. This engine generates 147 horsepower @ 6,200 RPM and 178 Nm of torque @ 4,500 RPM. These models are projected to achieve a best-in-class EPA combined fuel economy rating, an improvement over previous models, due in part to an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). For the first time ever, a hybrid powertrain has been added to the Elantra lineup. Elantra Hybrid demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to expanding its eco-focused lineup of products.
The new Elantra Hybrid will feature a 1.6-liter GDI Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine. Elantra Hybrid’s permanent-magnet electric motor delivers 32 kW powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery with 1.32 kWh of capacity positioned under the rear seats. The 1.6-liter GDI engine combined with the electric motor in Elantra Hybrid delivers a total system output of 139 horsepower and up to 195 lb-ft of torque.
This engine mates with Hyundai’s quick-shifting, six-speed, dual-clutch transmission The high-efficiency electric motor has an electric-only driving mode that delivers instantaneous torque at low speeds, with available power-assist at higher vehicle speeds. The 2021 Elantra Hybrid is projected to have a combined EPA estimated fuel economy rating of more than 50 MPG.